Will you hire me?

In this competitive world, companies are constantly trying to attract and retain new talents. Based on a survey from Jobvite, recruiters are now focusing on using social to help them in their recruiting process. Hence, to stand out from the crowd, it’s necessary for people to create an authentic online professional profile to integrate credibility into your personal brand.

Below are 3 ways you can create an authentic online professional profile;

  1. Be mindful
Click the image for a clearer view. Source : https://www.jobvite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Jobvite_SocialRecruiting_Survey2014.pdf

As shown above, recruiters actually look into candidate’s social profile and it can be a deciding factor for hiring candidates. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of what you post online. If you want to post something that you think your future or current employers may not want to see, make sure you create another online identity and private it. However, my suggestion is still not to post any inappropriate comments or photos online to minimize the chance of affecting your image. Who knows? Maybe an inappropriate comment you post online can suddenly be viral and creates much attention. Just like the video below that I going to show you.

  1. Know what are the channels you can use
Click the image for a clearer view Source : https://www.jobvite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Jobvite_SocialRecruiting_Survey2014.pdf

Nowadays, there are many social media platform for candidates to build up their image. The most popular social platform now will be LinkedIn. However, people can actually use blog like WordPress to make your profile even more outstanding by showcasing your knowledge and passion for the industry you are interested in.

Therefore, I think it is important for people to not stick to one social media platform but to see the nature of your industry. If it requires you to have interaction then maybe Facebook or Twitter is the best channel to focus on so employers can understand your characteristics based on the way you share information and communicate with others.

Here is a link that can be useful to help you understand which social platform to use.

  1. Understand yourself
 Source : http://www.upsidelearning.com
Source : http://www.upsidelearning.com

It is essential for a candidate to know what their strengths are and weaknesses so that they can come out with solutions to mitigate their weaknesses as well as to enhance their strengths. This actually shows your recruiters that you are genuine as to who you are and helps you to boost your credibility in your online image.

On a whole, to create an authentic online professional profile, it is vital for people to be mindful of how they portray themselves online.

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4 thoughts on “Will you hire me?

  1. Hi Andrea,

    I think that you have made good use of the video as it makes me realized that we always have to be careful as to what we post online. Because once we post something that is inappropriate, for example, criticizing people especially if you’re somebody who has a status, there will be consequences such as losing your job.

    I also love the fact that you made use of SWOT, to suggest to people that they can actually use that method to evaluate themselves. They could also learn to work on the weaknesses in order to better portray themselves to their recruiters.

    However, I strongly discourage people to post things online that would cause him/her to regret in the future. I believe that what you post online, even if your account is private, people will still be able to see it somehow or rather. Even if it is just a short comment, it would still make a negative impact.

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Good day Andrea!

    After seeing the video that you posted – Amy Cheong’s online taboo, I am paying extra attention to what I post online. One small mistake online could garner the condemnation of millions users online!

    Therefore, we must be mindful of our actions online and thank you for sharing insightful knowledge on how we should develop our online profiles. The use of SWOT analysis to capitalise on our strengths can indeed provide one with self-evaluation to assess our weakness and constantly improve and develop on one’s online profile.

    I also like the point you made about strategizing the use of different social media platforms to maximize one’s online reachability based on the nature of the industry that one is interested in.

    I gave it a thought and did some research – and I found out via LinkHumans (http://linkhumans.com/blog/social-recruiting-europe), that employers in different geographical boundaries actually used different social-networking platforms to seek for prospects! (E.g. European countries (primarily Germany) emphasize on using Xing for social recruitment, whereas France uses Viadeo, which is on par to LinkedIn)

    Hoped it provide some additional insights for you as well!


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